LAKE FOREST — Charles Tillman had to spend what may have been his final moments as a Bear on the sideline, watching the worst statistical defense in team history.
He summed up his thoughts on the final half of the season, as players cleared out their lockers at Halas Hall.
“Frustrating from the standpoint of not making the playoffs,” he said Monday. “Frustrating for me not being able to help my teammates out when I felt like they needed me. Just frustration. A lot of frustration this year for me not being out there with my teammates.”
Tillman tore his triceps in the Nov. 10 loss to the Lions and was placed on injured reserve. He will be a free agent when the new league year begins in March.
“I'm not really worried about it,” he said about his future. “I've got some decisions that I have to make here in the next couple of weeks, couple of months. And I don't know. I'm just going to see what happens.”
Tillman said he could not imagine playing anywhere other than Chicago.
“Chicago has been great. Chicago is great. They've got great owners, great fans, great teammates,” he said. “This is a great team, it's a great organization. Eleven years here is truly an honor.
“I'm truly blessed with the McCaskey family with what they've done, for them taking a chance on a little scrawny kid out of Lafayette Louisiana. So it's truly blessed and happy they took a chance drafting a little kid out of Louisiana.”
Contract talks have not taken place, Tillman said, and he hasn’t gotten an indication the Bears want him back, but he said he thinks they do. He did rule out retirement, though. Tillman — who will be 33 in February — will be playing next season. Where he plays is another story.
“I think I'm OK with [the uncertainty]. I think it's the first time in my life that I've had to make decisions like this,” he said. “I'm just kind of waiting to see how it plays out. I'm not stressing. I'm not worried about it. Whatever happens is going to happen. Whatever happens is going to be for the good.”